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Extension, Farm Bureau to host nutrient management seminar
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Tuesday, March 05, 2013 12:15 AM

By Jim Lopshire • OSU Extension educator

PAULDING – Nutrient management is a critical topic for anyone involved in agriculture. A concern is the wise use of nutrients to maintain agricultural production levels while protecting water quality. Paulding County OSU Extension and the Paulding County Farm Bureau are sponsoring a nutrient management seminar program for anyone who buys, sells or manages manure or uses fertilizer.

The program will be held on Monday, March 18 in the Paulding County Extension meeting room located on the fairgrounds. Registration and a light dinner will be available beginning at 6 p.m. with introductions at 6:30 p.m.

This seminar will focus on managing nutrients that are being applied to the ground and setting up a basic nutrient management plan.

Speakers for the Paulding County nutrient management seminar include Larry Antosch, senior director of policy development and environmental policy with the Ohio Farm Bureau, and Joe Nester, owner and consultant with Nester Ag.

Antosch will be covering the high phosphorous level that has caused the harmful algae bloom in Grand Lake Saint Marys and is also an issue on Lake Erie. He will be looking at the importance of the 4R’s, impact of nutrients on water quality, the benefits of using manure as a nutrient and its role in water quality, voluntary action versus regulatory action, and developing trust with the public regarding this issue.

Nester will be promoting the use of best management practices (BMPs), availability of cost share programs to address this specific issue, and how to set up a basic nutrient management plan for a farming operation.

The cost of the program is free to Ohio Farm Bureau members and $5 for non-Farm Bureau members. Please RSVP by March 13 by calling 419-523-5874 or by email at paulding@ofbf.org.

Continuing education units for certified crop advisors are being applied for.